I don't think I've ever heard anyone say buying a house was simple. There's always something that goes wrong with the house, closing, mortgage companies, etc. For us when it came to close, that was the most stressful since it took a day longer and we were out of town with no extra clothes, diapers, etc and a 2 wk old baby. What was helpful though is our mortgage broker and real estate broker were relatives so communication wasn't a problem, but it was still a huge hassle. That is one reason we don't plan on moving anytime soon.